College sports means big-time money for many of the top schools.
The chart below shows how much money the average Division I (FBS) school makes in various sports, according to data obtained from the Department of Education. To nobody’s surprise, football is the sport that is most responsible for total sports revenue. For example, at the University of Texas, the school with the most revenue from athletics ($182 million), 70% comes from football.
However, the gap between football and the rest of the sports is jarring. While the average school generates $31.9 million in football revenue each year, the next 35 sports on average generate $31.7 million combined each year. Here is the average revenue for the top 14 sports at FBS schools.
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In some cases we combined men’s and women’s teams into one group for the sake of revenue (e.g. track and field) and in other cases we kept them separate if they seemed like truly distinct teams (e.g. men’s and women’s ice hockey).